A great picture of the foundation development of the chicken houses.It was all dug by hand!
The Cornerstone for Project Frango was laid today (Friday, February 19, 2021) and construction of the two chicken houses begins on Monday. A solar powered water pump and well are able to supply more than enough water for all the activities of the farm.
Thanks for all your support on this exciting project!
Accessing maternal and child health services during the COVID-19 epidemic in Mozambique
Many women and children in Mozambique faced barriers to accessing health services even before the COVID-19 pandemic. As the pandemic spreads, communities and health systems around the world have been trying to adapt to the new context while continuing to meet regular health needs. In this webinar, an IMCHA research team — led by the University of Lurio, Mozambique, in collaboration with the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, and the Mozambican Ministry of Health — will present results from a rapid assessment on how COVID-19 has impacted access to and use of maternal and child health services in Nampula province, Mozambique.
Register here to join us on September 15, 2020 at 11:00 EDT – Ottawa.
Our long term plan is to turn the day to day management of the training farm over to a Mozambican board of directors after the end of the 2 year initiation of the project. In Mozambiquea board of directors is called an association. Usually an Association has about 10 members. We want the Project Frango Association to have strong community representation so from the beginning we have started working with community members to train them in management skills. After our first meeting, the community developed a name for the Association. In Emakua, (the local language) it is: Waarya Wansuwa which translates in English to “Sunlight”. Exciting times ahead.
Water is vital to life and our Project. Most of the time wells in Mozambique are as deep as 50 meters and are designated as borehole wells. We were very excited to strike water on our Project Frango land because this is not always a sure thing. The studies show an adequate water supply to run the training farm. Now that this major hurdle is crossed we are getting final legal permission to use the land and then will start the building process.
Update to the site exploration: We struck WATER on the land and that is fantastic! We are putting in the borehole, getting the final legal done and now things will really take off.
Thanks again for all your support!
Project Frango passed a major milestone with the final signing of the funding contract between our Mozambican partners, University Lurio, and the chicken raising company, Novos Horizontes and our Canadian management company, Canada Gives. We have reached our funding goal to support 8 families per year.
We have a parcel of land from the community and this week we will be drilling to ensure water is available. If so, then work will begin immediately on signing the rights to use the land, and then building the chicken raising homes and picking participant families.
We are able to do this during CoVid using appropriate physical distancing. The community of Natikiri is expectant and we are very excited to reach this point.
We want to take this opportunity to thank all of our donors for your support and confidence.
Stay safe and all the best.
Ron and Connie Siemens
Project FranGO is now officially a GO! Thank you all for your support!
Our contract was signed on August 5, 2020 during our zoom meeting – screenshot of the meeting group below.
Thank you all!
Zoom meeting on August 5, 2020. Project FranGO is a GO!
Congratulations to Dr. Siemens, Dr. Belo, and Dr. Carol Henry! They have been awarded a $29,000 dollar research grant from the University of Saskatchewan to support the work of Project Frango. We are now very pleased to announce that we have $235,000 in the bank or pledged. The team in Mozambique has begun the process of choosing a board of directors and securing title to the land. Thank you all.
In January, Dr. Ron Siemens travelled to Kigali, Rwanda to meet with all 18 other Innovating for Maternal Child Health in Africa (IMCHA) research projects funded by Global Affairs Canada, Canadian Institutes of Health and International Health Research Center.
Throughout the meetings it came up again and again how important family income was to overall health. All across sub-Saharan Africa, project teams are finding the need for strong infrastructure and community support.
It was great to see how Project Frango will be addressing such an important need and providing rich research data to help in possible scale up in other parts of Africa.